Category: Psychology & Self-Improvement

How to Navigate Your Panic Attacks During These Turbulent Times

It’s understandable that you would want to avoid a panic attack at all costs. Who wouldn’t? But it’s equally important not to let fear control your life. For example, don’t avoid places where you’ve had panic attacks in the past. If you have one, stay where you are, assuming it’s a safe and neutral spot. […]

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Don’t Fight with Loved Ones Just Because You’re Upset

When tensions run high and we find ourselves fighting with the very people we love more than anything in the world, we need to STOP and reflect on what’s happening inside.  When fights break out try these 10 tips: Call a time out for reflection! Identify what you are experiencing. Are you scared? Frustrated? Sad? […]

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Psychology Around the Net: March 28, 2020

Why You Can’t Stop Streaming Seinfeld. Or Frasier. Or Bones: On the Psychology of Comfort TV: No doubt you’re familiar with comfort television, but is your idea of comfort TV the same as your mom’s or dad’s? Sister’s or brother’s? What about your spouse’s or significant other’s? College roommate’s? You might have answered “yes” or […]

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Making Peace with Mortality in the Age of Coronavirus

Just a century ago, men’s life expectancy was at 53.6 years and a women’s expectancy was at 54.6 (in 2019, it jumped to 76 years for males, 81 years for females in North America). Also, infant mortality went down from 165 deaths per 1,000 in 1900 to only 7 in 1997. By 1997, too, diseases […]

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Minimizing the Risks of PTSD from the COVID-19 Pandemic

A Global Pandemic  The panic many are experiencing is part of a growing global pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies COVID-19 as, “a novel respiratory disease that is spread from person to person and may include cough, fever, and shortness of breath.” Severity of symptoms can range from mild to severe, […]

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Brave New Compassionate World

And in the midst of our own personal struggles, we know that everyone has a story to tell — a fear, a disappointment, a loss. Isolation from loved ones, loss of human contact, decimated retirement accounts, job loss, crushing boredom, the absence of physical touch, cancelled vacations, weddings and graduations, and even postponed memorial services […]

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Podcast: Don’t Let Coronavirus Impact Your Mental Health

Tune in to hear a great discussion on how we can protect our mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Guest information for ‘David Batman- Coronavirus’ Podcast Episode Dr. David Batman has been a registered medical practitioner for 47 years and a Consultant in Occupational Medicine for 30 years. He spent 20 years […]

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How to Recognize and Change Toxic Behavioral Patterns

Even when we recognize toxic behavior, we’re still reluctant to change. We may want to change, yet remain fearful of doing so. Getting past fears of the unknown may be an insurmountable obstacle. Hearing from others that change is good and should be embraced does little to mitigate such fear. The truth is that overcoming […]

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The Importance of Staying Connected While Practicing Social Distancing

Scientifically, we are well aware that isolation and loneliness can raise stress levels, and physical touch is a powerful stress-reducer. A hug can not only reduce interpersonal conflict, but it can also strengthen our immune response and mental health by flooding our bodies with oxytocin, a “bonding hormone” that makes us feel secure and reduces […]

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How Do You Develop Amazing Relationships? It’s all in ACCEPTANCE

As you can see, relationships aren’t determined by an agreement of commitment. They are exclusively set by how we engage with connection. Interesting, right? The universal goal of civility is to create healthy relationships that are fortified, respectful, productive and long lasting. If we operate with intention, we can have truly amazing relationships. Would you […]

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5 Truths Survivors of Suicide Loss Need to Know Right Now

Suicide is a very complicated and volatile act. There are a multitude of factors that may influence this unfortunate decision. But ultimately, practicing healthy boundaries means you cannot hold yourself responsible for the decision someone else made, no matter what your role may have been. It is simply too complicated of a matter to pin […]

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6 Unrealistic Relationship Expectations That Will Sabotage Your Love Life

When we’re falling in love, we all have expectations and relationship goals. Do you remember that falling in love feeling when hormones like oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin get flooded in your body and you feel like you’re walking on air and it feels amazing? This feeling is so consuming and feels like it will last […]

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Mental Health Checklist: How Am I Doing Amidst COVID-19?

With recent changes in law allowing for more flexibility with telehealth, remember that if you find you are scoring in the severe range, it may be wise to reach out, to a friend, a priest/rabbi/iman, or a therapist. We are all alone in this — together.   Checklist: (Select 0 if No, 1 if Yes) 1. […]

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Remembering Amy Bleuel in the Mental Health Community

It was a painful and confusing time for the mental health community when Amy died by suicide. Amy was someone who spoke openly about mental illness, challenged the stigma, and advocated for awareness and change. Her father died by suicide and Amy lived with anxiety and depression from the time she was 8 years old. […]

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Podcast: Coronavirus – How to Keep it Together

You’re not alone — we’re all in this together. Join us for an important discussion on how we can handle this time of fear and uncertainty. (Transcript Available Below) SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW About The Not Crazy Podcast Hosts Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the author […]

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5 Ways to Help Your Child Who Self-Injures

Self-injury (non-suicidal) may not have one single cause that is easy to understand. Coping skills can help, but the lack of these skills affects behavior and self-confidence adversely. Psychological pain is very different from visible, physical hurt but is just as real. Confusion about mixed emotions and difficulty in understanding how to process them may […]

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Social Distancing Doesn’t Have to Keep You Socially Distant

Social distancing at this point in time is a necessary evil. The coronavirus (COVID 19) spreads through contact between people. A person who is infected but not symptomatic can unknowingly infect as many as 12 other people per day just by going about life as usual. If infected, each of those people can infect 12 […]

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